Gaines considers this musical selection to be an outlier.
“There is no hero or villain in this one,” she said. “It’s just funny music.”
The concerto is inspired by popular music. At one point in the piece, the score invites the soloist to “beatbox” on the euphonium.
“I love contemporary musical influences,” Gaines said. “I like that he incorporates classic idioms with more contemporary genres.”
Returning to the theme, the concert will feature a piece by Ennio Morricone, the composer who wrote the music for Clint Eastwood’s film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” and over 70 award-winning movies. The orchestra will perform “Gabriel’s Oboe” from “The Mission”, an Oscar-winning film released in 1986 starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
For the audience unfamiliar with “The Mission”, Gaines thinks the music evokes more of an image than a real source of conflict in the plot.
“I think with ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ it’s hard to get the idea of a conflict with the music,” she said. “You might think more of a feeling of innocence that could be spoiled. I hope audiences enjoy our musical celebration of heroes and villains with a touch of popular musical influence. “